Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center contains more than 371,000 full-text journal articles from more than 230 literary journals; 38,000 critical essays; 4,329 work overviews, plot summaries, and explications; more than 5,000 links to related websites; more than 122,000 author biographies; 2,500 author portraits; and Merriam-Webster's® Encyclopedia of Literature, which features 10,000 definitions of literary terms.

This database is built on the Gale Group's three author databases: Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 113,000 writers; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 10,000 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.

Literature Resource Center also includes selected full-text, excerpted, and commissioned critical material from Gale's Literature Criticism and For Students Series. The titles in these series include: Children's Literature Review, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Drama Criticism, Drama for Students, Literature from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature of Developing Nations for Students, Literature and Its Times, Novels for Students, Poetry Criticism, Poetry for Students, Shakespearean Criticism, Shakespeare for Students, Short Story Criticism, Short Stories for Students, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.

Users can access current, full-text critical essays on major authors via the Literature Resource Center's link to more than 230 prominent literary journals.

A detailed list of contents is available at



Publisher: Gale Group
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Vendor: Gale Group
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Print Equivalent: Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism. Please see WorldCat Local, the library's online catalog, for complete holdings information
Format: FT